Some of the nuances of Juddâ€™s textile works could be missed at a glance...
Featured Artist Jean M. Judd
Stepping Stones, Hand stitched thread on hand dyed rust pigmented textile, 27.25â€ť x 21.5â€ť, by Jean M. Judd
When asked, her medium is â€śhand stitched thread on textileâ€ť. That can further be explained by whether the textile is a commercial textile, hand dyed textile, or an enhanced textile with rust pigmentation that was created in her studio. Her works are designed to hang in either horizontal or vertical orientations.
Over 25 years of experimentation with these materials has led to a distinctive narrative in her artwork. The series that have developed and are still being built out, show a wide range of subject: abstract, geometric, conceptual, and minimalism. The intricate and dense hand stitching in each work gives the piece a visual and physical texture that creates interesting shadow and light play across the work.
The common factor in all of her mixed media textile artwork is that cotton fabric is the canvas and thread is her brush. They are used to create a piece of fine art with visual as well as physical texture.
The design starts with a hand dyed or dye painted fabric ground. It is eventually transformed over time into reality with the final hand quilting stitch in the artwork.
Often the finished piece is nothing like the original inspiration which adds to the excitement and the potential for the next design. What started in the artistâ€™s mind as a vague idea is transformed into a larger, complex, and more dramatic finished artwork than intended.
Each piece is a journey filled with the artistâ€™s emotions and life experience. The hand of the artist can be seen and felt in every inch of the artwork. See more at: www.jeanjudd.com
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